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Waffenstillstand (2009)

A 24 hours ceasefire. The situation in Falluja is devastating- no food, no medications, no help. A group of five people sets out with the plan to help- they end up fighting for the lives of... See full summary »

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A 24 hours ceasefire. The situation in Falluja is devastating- no food, no medications, no help. A group of five people sets out with the plan to help- they end up fighting for the lives of the helpless and wounded and eventually - their own. Written by DRIFE

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Pretty good
8 August 2016 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Waffenstillstand" or "Ceasefire" is a German/Swiss co-production from 2009 and the language here is German. Other languages are included too, but almost every version will have subtitles for these, especially the Arabic parts. The movie runs for slightly over 90 minutes and deals with the tough military situation in Falluja. Basically for the entire film, we follow a team of journalists, doctors etc. in this area, early on still in Germany as they prepare for their quest. They find out early about a ceasefire and decide to be the first there to make an impact in their respective professions. The director and one of the writers is Lancelot von Naso and this is probably his most known work still. And I can see why. Even I as somebody who does not usually enjoy films about war and military too much had a good time watching this. I also liked that the film succeeds in depicting the sceneries as bleak and devastating as they are and not going for unrealistic feel-good moments. On the contrary, they aren't even scared of going for unhappy endings and you will find no random romance plots in here. It is all about Iraq and the protagonists' professions. I thought that what made the film fairly interesting is that the main characters were written in an interesting way that still did not feel over-the-top or unauthentic. This especially refers to Habeck and Jaenicke, but Reuten and von Pufendorf held their own very well too. And Reuten is much more than great looks in here. I very much recommend this film to those with an interest in films that deal with the Middle East conflict, especially those who (like myself) prefer substantial character writing over military battle scenes. Plus, this one has a good soundtrack and it is an atmospheric watch all the time. Thumbs up! Go see it.


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